Catch and Release :

We would like your views please.

Some anglers are not entering club competitions or entering fish for club trophies because they prefer full catch and release. We are aware of an excellent salmon last season which was not entered for this reason and recently at least two juniors did not fish the junior competition because they did not wish to kill fish.

To be clear, there is no intention to introduce compulsory C&R but the club does encourage anglers to return wild fish unharmed and in the case of Brown Trout would encourage anglers to kill only fish marked with a black spot (the stockies).

A few ideas have been discussed such as a time stamped photograph clearly showing the length of a fish and change from weight to length to decide winners. One benefit of this is that it would allow any salmon caught before June 16th to be entered as the earliest and/or largest migratory fish of the season.

Currently a fish would need to be verified by a committee member with the scales used being calibrated against a set held by the secretary for accuracy and consistency.

Please let us have your thoughts; what system would you suggest?

The senior completion this weekend will take place under the existing rules but is it possible to have something better in place for next season?


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